Defra announces Salmonella control consultation

by Editor
Friday, July 20, 2007

The English Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on the implementation of a National Control Programme for salmonella in poultry laying flocks.

The aim of the programme is to reduce the levels of the two most important types of salmonella for human health, Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) and Salmonella Typhimurium (ST). Current UK levels are among the lowest in Europe, with Salmonella Enteritidis or Salmonella Typhimurium present on 8% of holdings with laying flocks.

The UK has been set a target to reduce these two types of Salmonella by 10% each year for the next three years. The programme sets out how this will be achieved and includes mandatory sampling and testing requirements to demonstrate progress towards this target.

In 2009, additional measures will also come into force for premises where either type of salmonella has been found. Eggs from flocks confirmed to be infected will not be permitted to be sent for human consumption unless they have been heat-treated to guarantee the elimination of salmonella of human health significance.